Posted December 12, 2012on:
Now, I was gonna spout something pithy/pious about Christmas. I typed the title as it occurred to me, and, then, just cause it’s what I do, I ‘looked up’ “beacon”. (Maybe I was hoping it would lead me to the missing manuscript, I dunno.. – Oh, great! Now a new deliciously evil plot is lurking on the fringes of my brain… The Missing Manuscript…)
Aside from the normal meanings and thesaurus (anyone else wonder what a The Saurus was? I think it might have disappeared with the unicorns…) additions there was reference to a BELISHA BEACON.
Hmmm? thinks I, what is a ‘Belisha beacon’? (And how does it differ from a regular beacon?)
So, naturally this curious kitten clicks the link, (more curious than brains sometimes…)
Turns out a Belisha beacon is a sign at either end of a Zebra crossing, consisting of a flashing light inside a yellow-dome on top of a black-and-white striped pole… (source: Encarta Dictionary, UK)
My first question is a rather confused… “Huh?”
My second question, a little more articulate, is… “Do the Zebra’s know this?”
My third question, completely out of left field, is… “Why do I research this stuff???”
I have a cartoon vision of a train choo-chooing down the tracks, nearing the crossing and the little amber light starts blinking and the stampede, running from the Wile E. Coyote, breaks into two groups as half screech on their brakes stopping while the rest, already through the crossing, continue. The train chugs past and the lights stop blinking and the Zebras continue their fear filled flight…
Now, apparently I am the last person on the planet to know that a CROSSWALK is called a ZEBRA-CROSSING.
A CROSSWALK WITH said Yellow-Domed Poles is a BELISHA CROSSING. Which begs a WHOLE lot more questions that need answering (2-to be exact…ly wrong).
- Who or what was Belisha?
- What occurred that he/she/it were bestowed the honour of being singled out for name calling? (Me need coffee…)
For that matter, Crosswalk? Why not Acrosswalk, as in, they walked across. Or Walkacross? (Or RUN cause that car ain’t slowing down ACROSS!) Who decided crosswalk was the term? And is it any ‘better’ than Zebra/Belisha Crossing? (MHO: Yes… STILL don’t know who/what Belisha is/was…)
Okay, I did a little (very little) more digging.) Britain’s Transport Minister (1934-1937) Leslie Hore-Belisha (1893-1957) was/is given the honour of having his name used.
Still I beleaguered-ly ask: What happened to Christmas???
Getting that coffee now…
PS: Please forgive me Michelle… I didn’t stay any where NEAR one topic per paragraph… but I do appreciate it in ‘real’ writing…s… *smile*
BELISHA CROSSING PHOTO CREDIT: http://www.cbrd.co.uk/dictionary/
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